Dorsey v. United States

Dorsey v. U.S.


Ruling on whether to apply new law reducing mandatory minimum sentences for persons convicted of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute retroactively--i.e. person's convicted under old law, but sentenced after new law is in effect. Held: the new sentencing guidelines (reducing mandatory min time) should be used when the sentencing of any person takes place after after new mandatory minimum law regarding possession of crack cocaine w/ intent to distribute went into effect. Also discussed the disparity in mandatory minimums between the crimes related to crack versus powder cocaine....

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Published In: Civil Rights Updates, Constitutional Law Updates, Criminal Law Updates

Reference Info:Decision | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States

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